Explosions Kill At Least 20, Injure 48 In Borno Village
The Ramadan fast had come to an end and the celebration for Eid al Fitr had started, climaxing the period of peace, prayer, love and all that the Holy Mohammed represents.
On Saturday, celebration for the day was gradually coming to an end, but the peace of Abachari town in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State was scuttled, forcing people to scamper for safety.
Now, at least 20 persons are dead and over 48 are lying in hospitals with various degrees of injury.
The explosions are suspected to have come from improvised explosives of suicide bombers.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Boko Haram sect have carried out similar attacks in the past.
The attack was confirmed to a national television by the Borno State Police Commissioner, Damian Chukwu.
“At about quarter to nine, yesterday (Saturday) night, a loud explosion was heard at Abacahri village, along Damboa/Chibok road.
“The DPO mobilised with our men from the SARS and civilian JTF to the scene and found 20 people dead and 48 others injured.
“Some of the bodies were found chattered, indicating that the explosion came from an explosive device,” Chukwu said.
The police are yet to confirm if the explosion was
as a result of an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) or a rocket-propelled
grenade, he added.
Two hospitals are currently handling the cases of those injured.
Some of the over 40 persons injured were taken to Damboa General Hospital while some others were conveyed to the Teaching Hospital in Maiduguri for specialists’ attention.
Twelve of the injured persons are in critical condition and needed to be moved to a hospital in the capital, Maiduguri.
"The number of victims is on the high side because most of them were returning from celebrating the Eid-el-Fitr holiday when the attackers struck," Commissioner Chukwu added.
There were rumours that the explosion was from military artillery, but the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Rogers Nicholas, said six suicide bombers were responsible for the explosion.